Last Tuesday 7&8 students had the opportunity to hear the famous Astrophysicist Brian Cox speak. Parents may know Brian as the host of TV programs like “ Wonders of the Solar System” or “Wonders of Life”, or they may be old enough to remember him as the keyboard player in the band Dare - who had the 1993 number 1 hit “Things Can Only Get Better”
The opportunity to listen to Brian came about through a livestream event “In Class with Brian Cox” run by RiAus – Australia’s national science hub. Brian is currently touring Australia to sell out shows in most capital cities.
Brian answered questions that students from around the country had pre-submitted and our students had some of their comments published on the live chat that occurred. At the end of the event our students commented that they had learnt things like: "light does not have mass” and "if the earth had two moons it could not sustain life”. If students want share the experience with their parents the Q and A footage will be posted on 28th October whilst the introductory talk will be available in late November on. Simply link to http://riaus.org.au/
You can also hear a terrific TED talk given by Brian as he explains how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) works and the importance of experimenting at such a large scale. http://www.ted.com/talks/brian_cox_on_cern_s_supercollider?language=en